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>>> tonight, washington remembers chuck brown, the godfather of go go as hundreds celebrate his life and music. >> the worst crash scene some have ever seen. now we know it started when a real cop started two police impersonators. >> details emerging about the death of robert f. kennedy jr.'s estranged wife. first to a man whose name goes hand in hand with washington d.c. chuck brown. he loved the city, changed its music and will forever be remembered for it. >> he died today at age 75 after a battle with pneumonia. a look back on his life. ♪ ♪ ♪ you don't have a thing ♪ >> reporter: charles brown's career spanned 50 years seldom a moment he was not jamming in front of a crowd of bobbing heads and moving feet. the north carolina native got his start in the 60s playing the guitar for a d.c. based latin band. by the 70s. chuck brown was coming into his own. and go go was born. ♪ from the country >> reporter: the godfather of go go its what the world called brown, creator of a musical genre synonymous with d.c. >> they have heard funk before. another form of funky music.
in this essentially very small geographic area. you have brown at the kennedy farm invading harper's ferry in 1859. harper's ferry is a flash point and the civil war changes hands a dozen times. stonewall jackson takes harper's ferry a awe few days before, and that's why the battle happened. the union realizes lee has divided his army. they attack, and as a result of antetum, which is seven miles from the kennedy farm, lincoln issues the emancipation proclamation. so, you know, this incredible journey in our history all occurs in this very tight geographic area. i mean, it really is quite stunning. this is the irony while i was sort of bashing lincoln but suggesting that he wasn't the great emancipator initially that people imagined. he actually was on the conservative end of the anti-slavery spectrum, and this comes through again very much in his attitude towards brown, the great irony is that he eventually comes around to brown's position and that slavery -- this must become a war against slavery and ends up, you know, taking the south that begins to fulfill brown's mission but like brown become
chuck brown, the father of go-go, dead at the age of 75. ahead, a look back at his life and the worldwide reaction to his passing. good morning, everyone, and welcome to "news 4 today." today might be the perfect day. as we take a look sup it goiks to be a delightful day today. enjoy. we had a front come through overnight just with a few clouds. it shifted our wind into the north and that brought in somewhat cooler weather as we got into the 80s. yesterday. it dropped down into the 50s. that's most of the mountain region. shenandoah valley and areas to the west and north of washington. that includes the counties. mid-60s in washington now. all this area in the lighter gre green. it jea it's generally in the 60s. now, hometown forecast for leesburg, loudoun county, night the 50s there now and by noontime should be in the 60s with a few clouds about. peek near 70 by the afternoon thflt time tomorrow morning all the way whack down the 40s. a chilly start to friday. we'll look at your day planner in ten minutes. danella, how's traffic now? >> not looking very nicely at auchl
goes there, really joins brown's band to rescue his wife and children. and the tragic part of it is he's the first of brown's band who is -- he's gunned down in the street in harper's ferry. his body is desecrated by angry whites. 50 miles short of his goal of rescuing harriet. and the virginians collected these letters that he had from harriet that appear to have been on his person and published them. that's how we have them. the governor of virginia published all the documents, and they didn't see any indictment of slavery in these letters. they just published them. you just read these letters that are just heart-breaking saying, you know, come save me, dangerfield, because like many virginia slaves of that era, she was scared that she was going to be sold to a gang labor plantation in the deep south, and that's exactly what happened. six months later, she's sold to a plantation in louisiana. so you read these letters, and they're just heart-breaking. but we have them, thanks to the state of virginia. >> you speak about the biracial nature of his band and also his support. he had inf
. nk you. >> that is a d.c. legend. music lovers all over the world are remembering chuck brown this morning. the pioneer of go-go passed away from multiple organ failure after suffering from knew mope i can't. he was the creative force behind go-go. >> shawn yancy takes a look back at his amazing career and life. life. >> reporter: for five decades, chuck brown gave his fans his all keeping them on his feet with heart-thumping go-go beats, a genre of music that he created. >> at first, they had go-go clubs, dancers, no music. i decided to call it go-go music. >> reporter: in 2010, chuck earned his first ever grammy nomination. >> it is the greatest thing. oh, my god. >> reporter: how did it make you feel? >> i haven't gotten over it yet. i ain't never going to get over it, okay? >> reporter: chuck started sing gospel when he was just a little boy. he spent his youth in and out of jails. lorton penitentiary in northern virginia is the place that gave hive to his musical career. >> after i did about three of those shows, i knew i was going to be something. when i got out of there
for their trips. >>> the tributes continue to pour in for the late chuck brown. coming up, we talk to the men who helped d.c. music legend, go-go. but first, a second grader in colorado tries to honor an african american icon, but instead, gets a hard lesson in race relations. we'll talk about this one. stay with us. >>> all in state students at virginia tech will see their tuition go up next year. the university board of visitors approved a 3.9% hike for tuition and fees and that means students will have to shell out close to $11,000 a year to go to virginia tech. that increase, governor bob mcdonald had requested, he wanted state schools to keep state tuition under 8%. >>> a project sparked racism. the kid's name is shawn king and he had been assigned to dress up like martin luther king, so as you might see there, the second grader put on a black suit and a fake mustache and some dark face paint. members of the faculty and students complained about it. the principal told shawn to wash his face. the 8-year-old said no. he was sent home. >> i worked very hard. i tried my best. i don't want to be
tribute to chuck brown. the d.c. music legend died yesterday. he was 75 years ode. chuck brown was born in north carolina but he made his name on the d.c. music scene in the '70s. literally made his name over because he went to jail as one thing and said never going back to jail. i'm going to be chuck brown and never went back to jail as that name. in 2009 part of 7th street near t street northwest was renamed chuck brown way. he played live concerts up until last year. he was even honored by the national symphony orchestra last september. >> when anybody you meet talks about chuck brown they instantly smile. you'll notice that. a crowd gathered outside the howard theater last night for an impromptu vigil last night to honor chuck brown and it wasn't a sad event. it was a celebration of his music and a lot of people were dancing. chuck brown called his music go- go because it just kept going. he created the continuous beat to stock the dance floors at the clubs from clearing out. >> delia goncalves is live at the studios in maryland with more on the legacy. good morning. >> reporter: g
. but first, where has the father of go go gone? we go searching for answers about chuck brown and, is he okay? that's up next. i stepped on the machine, and it showed me the pressure points on my feet and exactly where i needed more support. then, i got my number. my tired, achy feet affected my whole life. until i found my number. i tried the free dr. scholl's foot mapping center. in two minutes, i got my foot map and custom number. i'm a 440. that matched up to the dr. scholl's custom fit orthotic inserts with the right support and cushioning i need. i am a believer. i'm a believer! i'm a believer. go to drscholls.com to find your closest walmart with a foot mapping center. >>> concern has been growing over the health of chuck brown. the god father of d.c. go go has not performed in more than two months and it's been tough to get information about where he is and what's wrong with him. 9news now has learned that chuck brown is in the hospital. he is recovering from pneumonia. and the reason for the worry is because as somebody once said, chuck brown is to d.c. what elvis is to memphis. for
-go. singer, song writer, and guitarist, chuck brown, helped define d.c.'s music scene with this funky beat. tonight, fox 5 is remembering chuck brown. the godfather may be gone, but his music and influence lives on. >>> thank you for joining us, i'm shawn yancy. >> and i'm brian bolter. chuck brown died at the age of 75 today. he was at john hopkins battling pneumonia. >> fox 5's audrey barnes begins our coverage. audrey. >> reporter: chuck brown was perhaps best known as the gadfather of go-go, but he was an incredible family man. he scheduled his concert appearances around his son's football games and he passed his music to his other son. he left his mark on d.c. as well. >> talk about going to ben's chili bowl. you talk about the lincoln theater, the howard theater, and you talk about chuck. because they are all institutions. >> love grown up loving chuck brown. he sang at her high school prom and to this day, she still moves by his music. >> i know all those chuck brown songs and when i hear one, i will get out of my car and dance in the street if i have to. chuck brown could no
in people. now people pay their respects to the father of go-go chuck brown. thank you for joining us. i'm jc hayward. >>> fans began lining up for today's viewing long before the howard theatre opened its doors at 11:00. we have team coverage of today's viewing for the music ledge jendle. we're going to -- legend. we're going to begin with bruce johnson who joins us from the howard theatre. >> reporter: they started lining up a couple of hours ago. i'm surrounded by a few of chuck brown's friends. it's been like this all morning long. wind me up, chuck. let's go to the videotape. ♪ feel like busting loose >> i'm both sad and excited. chuck and i were personal friends for 35, 40 years. >> i'm going to miss him. it ain't going to be the same ever again. >> the godfather of soul. >> the music, man, is unbelievable, manual. just wish -- man. just wish you were in that zone. just keeps you there for the whole party. >> chuck was like a father to me for real. he taught me, you know, the ups and downs of the business. >> we claimed chuck. chuck was ours. and we think, you know, he made it we
's legendary godfather of go-go music. chuck brown. this is the beginning of a long good-bye for chuck. fans are snaking their way past his open casket down at the howard theater. for many, this is not a sad occasion. this is rather a time to celebrate the legacy of an artist who brought the city together for a long time. bruce johnson is live at the howard theater with more on the event still going on tonight. bruce. >> hey derek. we are outside the howard theater. a thinner crowd than we've seen for much of the day. these are people getting off work, dropping by. people were able to find parking places. they are at a premium. in the mid afternoon, most part it has been a festive-like atmosphere out here. this view is supposed to go on until 10:00 tonight. it will go on longer. it is public. it is open to everybody. no cameras inside. i'll give you a glimpse of what it's been like around here. is this a viewing unlike anything you've ever seen in this town. >> within the hour, the street in front of the howard theater has become a carnival and chuck brown, father of go-go, would have want
. this is a devastating loss. >> reporter: got a grammy nomination? >> unbelievable. >> reporter: chuck brown was 75. he began performing back in the 1960s. by the '70s when the rest of the country was deep into disco, d.c. had its own sound called go go. ♪ chuck's biggest hit "busting loose" soared you have the charts in -- up the charts in 1978. even today it's played on every d.c. radio station. ♪ chuck brown's live concerts were a family affair. four generations turned out to hear chuck. >> he ohm boyed what we are, who we are, what we do. >> he is the true definition of d.c. culture. >> if you're from d.c. you have to be a chuck brown fan. >> how? >> right now because right now, i'm just enjoying every minute of -- of being on this planet. >> reporter: probably don't even have a permit for this and no idea how long it's going to go on but it's chuck brown, you really don't need a permit. somebody said that chuck brown is to d.c. what elvis is to memphis. back to you in the studio. >> as we mourn the loss of chuck brown we want to know what your favorite memories are of the god father of go to.
are mourning the loss of chuck brown. he passed away yesterday at the age of 75 after a short bout with pneumonia. charl charles music career. the north carolina native got his start in the '60s playing his guitar for a d.c.-based latin band. by the early '70s charles got into his own. the godfather go-go is what the world came to call brown. it became synonymous with d.c. >> they heard funk before, it's just another form of funchy music with a lot of percussion and sound. >> let me hear you say oh it's got that latin and that african feel to it. >> just one more time. >> in and out of trouble with the law in his youth, brown taught himself to play guitar in prison. he and his go-go beat became world known landing his first billboard numb were one heat with "bustin' loose." he was nominated in 2010 at the age of 74. >> if i hit that stage, i right in a rage and forget about my age. >> chuck brown never turned his back on his home. he stayed a staple of d.c. events that became important with his community. he spent his time with students around the district never forgetting how a yo
, we start by celebrating the legacy of local music legend chuck brown. the godfather of go-go passed away at john's hopkins hospital at the age of 75. aaron gilchrist has more on brown's roots and influence on music. not just here but around the wor world. ♪ >> reporter: charles brown's music career spanned some 50 years. there was seldom a moment when he and his guitar were not together jamming out in front of a crowd of bobbing heads and moving feet. ♪ the north carolina native got his start in the '60s playing the guitar for a d.c. based latin band. by the early '70s chuck brown was coming into his own. and go-go was born. ♪ the godfather of go-go is what the world came to call brown creator of a musical genre that became synonymous with d.c. brown described it as jazz infused folk music with lat wrin and african flares driven by percussion and accented with his signature called responsible. ♪ in and out of trouble with the law in his youth brown taught himself to play the guitar in prison. he and his go-go beat became world known landing his first billboard number one hit
egend chuck brown as hundreds pay their respects at a public memorial. >> plus a local man posing outrage against the president the charges, and what his wife says is really going on. good morning washington continues right now. >> live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your side. >> glad you are with us on this thursday morning may 31. a beautiful start to the day. it should be nice all the way around. good morning, i am steve chenevey. >> i am pamela brown. lisa baden is here to pick us off. >> some traffic in forestville, maryland, is getting by there was a fatal crash overnight on marlboro pike and donnell drive. is no longer completely closed. we will have more details on that. if let's go to newschopper 7 looking at a crash on 66 eastbound live. this is just before the beltway would do is expected from 123 pass nutley street. they are trying to move everyone on to the left shoulder. only the two right lanes open. -- past nutley street. now to adam caskey. >> things will take a turn tomorrow for the afternoon hours. beautiful picture right now of the federal ci
:18. back to you. >> thank you, monika. >>> 6:10 now. today begins the public goodbye to chuck brown. the godfather of go-go music died nearly to weeks ago at the age of 57. >> in just a -- age of 75. >> in just a few hours, a public viewing begins. delia goncalves is there live with a preview. >> reporter: good morning. we have our first fan who has come here to line up for what is expected to be a really historic day. michael barry, you' originally from d.c., a native, love go-go i'm assuming. you drew this picture of chuck brown. >> yes, i did. thank you. >> reporter: tell me why you came out today and what does this mean for you? >> i remember standing in line to go to some of chuck brown's go-goes, many of the venues around town when i was younger. not even so much younger. but he's a historic part of the city. i really wanted to be here this morning to pay tribute to him. >> reporter: i was remarking before it seems like everybody has a picture with chuck brown. and that shows you just how much he loved his fans. he took time out to take a picture with everyone. tell me about w
. >> after two weeks of remembrances, d.c. will bid a final farewell to local music legend brown. >> thousands attended tuesday's viewing at how water theatre. now thousands are expected to -- howard theatre. now thousands are expected to show up for his funeral. delia goncalves is live with a preview. >> reporter: good morning. tuesday was a pretty incredible day. we're likely to see that again. organizers say this is going to be the kind of musical sendoff, the largest that the city has ever seen with local and national artists all coming to the convention center to pay tribute. several bands will be taking the stage today including the chuck brown band. the thousands of fans that we all saw lined up outside of howard theatre on tuesday will be in for quite a spectacular show. though brown's passing is certainly the end after chapter here in the district, folks have been celebrating his life's work and contribution to the city and today will certainly be no exception. >> you had louie armstrong transcends jazz. you have bob marli who developed a genre and transcends that. now y
the public viewing for the godfather of go chuck brown. mourners were upset because the storms led organizers to and did it two hours early. more with the frustration of fans tonight. >> does public viewing was scheduled to last until 10:00. at 8:30 there were still a long line of people wrapping all the way around the corner waiting to get in to see chuck brown. that is when the rain and lightning started. security guards tried to send everybody home. these fans were not having it. curious fans demanded doors be reopened to chuck brown's memorial after they shut down the doors because of the weather. >> we feel it is our right. they should let us in the building. >> this is a wake. >> after the angry mob was told it would be allowed and in small groups, the torrential downpour did little to dampen the spirits of those saying goodbye to the godfather of go. before the rain it was the crowd flooding chuck brown way in honor of the legendary music man. anthony jones drove down from new jersey. >> i am a jersey boy turned into a go-go lover. >> those who made the height did so with heavy hearts
tomorrow at the funeral for go go legend chuck brown. mayor gray says flags to half s bruce johnson reports plans are in the works to make this funeral unlike any the city's ever seen before. ♪ >> reporter: which i have cliff jones of --ly jones of soul world entertainment. he's preparing to salute go go legend chuck brown tomorrow. ♪ >> i've managed and developed groups such as raheem divine; puffy. >> reporter: more than 10,000 people stood in line for the viewing yesterday at the howard theater. and one government source today predicted up to 15,000 could turn out for chuck brown's funeral at the convention center. >> you had louis armstrong, he transcends jazz. you have bob marley who develops a genre and transcends that. now you have chuck brown who develops is genera and transcends that. >> reporter: wayne bruce is music director for tomorrow, paying homage to chuck brown will be a host of local stars like sugar bear, donny simpson. the chuck brown bands will also perform. >> his depth should change some lives, should change some people's mindsets when it comes totemsic business.
chuck brown [ music ] >> go go club, go go girls, go go music. i decided to call it go go music. >>> goes and goes that is how go go got its name. brown started the trendy sound in the nations capital in the 70s and it took off. straight ahead a look at his life and legacy. a morning filled with special guests, new and were influenced by the funk pioneer. >>> usually if something sounds too good to be true it probably is. sketchers paying out big time accused of being a little sketchy for its line of shoes that promised a toner and leaner body. are you in for a refund. >>> a woman paralyzed by a stroke does something she hasn't been able to do for 15 years, move on her own. more on this medical milestone. fox 5 morning news at 7 starts now. >>> good morning there is a live lookout side, a fine start to this day and it looks like it is going to be a spectacular day. maybe a spectacular couple of days as a matter of fact. this is thursday, may 17th, 2012. >>> we want to get right to the weather. tucker barnes, that was tucker, tony and tucker together, joining us with a look at th
investigation. vestigation. >>> chuck brown's family is holing a public viewing at the howard theater today. >> throughout the day, thousands of fans are expected to come out in honor of the godfather of go-go. melanie alnwick is live at howard theater with details on the tribute this morning. >> reporter: good morning. based on the number of media who are already here this morning, it looks like it will be a pretty well attended event. you said thousands of people are expected. we've heard some estimates as many as 20,000 or 30,000 people. it will be quite the scene here this afternoon. the family has made plans for a very quiet, respectful event. the 75-year-old godfather of go- go died may 17th from complications from pneumonia after a lengthy hospital stay. since then, fans have come to this area not far from where brown grew up to leave tokens of respect and appreciation. brown was scheduled to play a sold-out show at the newly renovated howard on april 1st. he fell ill just days before that. today, the formal farewell begins first with this public viewing. fans will able to quietly wa
campaign donations to pay off former candidate, sulaimon brown. the deal called for brown to take money in exchange for verbal attacks on mayor adrian fenty. he did not know about plans to pay brown. matt acklin has more. >> does the mayor know about any of this? >> reporter: no comment from tho thomas gore. earlier, he admitted to a federal judge that he would take out money orders, give them to another unnamed campaign worker, who would then give them to sulaimon brown. a total of $660 worth. and when sulaimon brown went to the media, gore says he shredded a notebook with payment records. >> i think mr. gore said in court today that there was an agreement between he and, i think it was person a. and person a did his part. mr. gore did his part. >> gore's attorney tells us his client is working with federal authorities as they continue their probe into gray's campaign. >> whatever they asked. >> cook believes federal authorities are not done yet. >> i believe that the government will charge additional fee. >> one of those people might be who prosecutors refer to as person a. go
of my book. the book is about civil rights brown versus board of education. >> 1954? >> yes, 1954. it is about brown versus board of education in 1954. the idea is to look at civil rights before mr. brown. we moved from there into a new era of civil rights. this book was what it was like before brown and what we had looking at jim crow. what they thought jim crowell did to them, the lawyers, and how it harms them, and their understanding of what jim crow was is a lot broader. there was -- the image was not only a law saying that black children and white children go to different schools, water fountains, antidiscrimination laws, it is also hiring whites in the industry that only higher whites or african-americans for the worst jobs. government and economy meddled in discrimination. it reveals a much more total and economic deprivation and explication, as well as about stigma and symbolism in state-mandated law. >> during that period, risa goluboff, what were some of the successes of the civil rights section? >> the biggest ones had to do with agriculture workers in the south. actua
of a leg. >> they're trying to pay their respects to check brown. first of the attached on. it led to 10 inches of rain. the national hurricane center says it'll skimmed along the south carolina coast. it is expected to strengthen again. >> we have some rain. >> we did. still in a little bit out there. >> avoid do we get some rain. sticky look at some of the rainfall totals. germantown 1.5 inches. sterling 1.69. these are some of the highest accumulations' i could find. temperatures in the 60's. lingering sprinkles in southern prince george's county. just some widely separated light sprinkles. 72 in the district. 53 in winchester. the humidity will gradually drop throughout the day. it will not be as high. highs will be around 82 or 83. an isolated showers possible later on. cooler and less humid. a beautiful day tomorrow. this is exactly where we should be this time of year. >> the commute looks ok. no overnight construction to move out of the way. interstate travel is working in your favor in case you want to get out of dodge. nothing on 70 or 95 south into richmond north into baltimor
. 25 years. he shot and killed trooper wesley brown in june of 2010, coming up at 5:30, hear from coop are troon's partner, who was there that night and held -- >> the younger brother of two nfl stars is now charged with killing a tourist. 66-year-old gary dedrick died michael davis is now charged with his murder. he's in custody tonight charged with two other attacks as well. he's the brother of vernon davis and tonight tay davis. >> the a judge dropped charges against randy babbitt after a key piece of evidence failed to support the charges. julie has it latest now from fairfax. >> reporter: former faa chief randy babbitt being cleared of the charges that cost him his high-profile career. in early deficiency he was. >> it's been a -- there's a tough time. there's a lot of press and reaction. i'm glad it's over and ready to get rid ready in twes. babbitt had just left a nearby dinner party where he had had two and a half to three glasses of wine over the course of the evening. once babbitt was pulled over, officer morris gave him a breath test. he rej terd .07, below the legal limit.
to come on 9news plans are finalized to say good- bye to the late great chuck brown. we'll tell you what you need to know in order to pay your final respects in person. >> but first space history is made as the first private spacecraft docks with the international space station. >>> with no nasa shuttles in operation anymore, it was a privately owned spacecraft that docked with the international space station today. yes, that is a first. the unmanned cargo ship is called the dragon built in california by a firm called spacex. this morning it hooked up with the space station to deliver supplies after years of work and anticipation spacex having reason to celebrate. >> i don't have words enough to express the level of excitement and elation that we feel here at spacex. there's so much that could have gone wrong and it went right. >> for now spacex is only in the supply delivery business, but one day they may carry passengers up there. engineers are working on plans to allow the spacecraft to carry seven people into orbit. >>> the memorial day weekend is off to a great start at least when i
. ♪ >>> a final tribute. chuck brown fans honoring the good father of go-go in -- the godfather of go-go in a place that could not be more fitting. good morning, welcome to "news4 today," i'm eun yang. >> good morning. i'm aaron gilchrist. 6:00 a.m. straight up, 3 degrees outside our studios. the sun is up, and we'll see heat gaenagain, tom, pushing th heat index into the 90s? >> a mini heat wave. this is the end of it. we'll get a nice break tomorrow. between now and then, we'll have to pay for that break in the form some strong thunderstorms that may be developing later today. not now. the latest view, we have a clear start, a beautiful morning underway. the birds are chirping so hard, they're wincing. i was just outside, and the morning is off to a pleasant start temperaturewise, too. it's a comfortable morning now. if you do absolutely have to get in your exercise, do it over the next few hours. and right now, in the 70s. we'll hold steady in the 70s throughout much of the morning. by late morning, it will be near 80. then mid 80s by noontime. during the afternoon, here's your day
and late into the night honoring the life of music legend chuck brown. fox 5 morning news continues right now. right now. >>> straight up 6:00 on this tuesday, may 29th. hope air doing well after your memorial day weekend. temperatures though are still going to make it feel like it was this weekend. it is definitely warm and humid out there as we start your morning. i'm he sarah simmons i don't i'm will thomas. i know a lot of you had a three- day weekend so it is sort of back to the routine and back to more really hot weather unfortunately. tucker barnes is on set with us to start us off. good morning. >> good morning. temperature never really cooled off overnight. we are still in the mid-70s in the city. and any time you start your day with the temperature at 76 degrees, you know where you're headed from there. >> oh, yeah. y no heat advisory today. we had one yesterday but it will be up comfortable way lot of heat and humidity around here for one more day. let's start with a look at our radar. a little haze out there but there should be a lot of sunshine to start your day. eventually,
. >>> that's chuck brown of course. busing loose one of his most popular -- busting loose one of his most popular songs. he passed away after a battle with pneumonia. he had a one of a kind sound that helped define dc life and culture. his live performances were a thing of legend. here is a look at chuck brown, in northwest where he was scheduled to play in april, but had to rescued july due to illness. -- reschedule due to illness. >> even if he was 95 there would be a loss of a family member for folk who is are fans of his music because of the way he was. just a humble guy, so he is a guy you could approach. >>> funeral arrangements are still being worked out. tony over to you. >>> thank you very much. chuck brown of course worked with a number of artists many many, including chianti who played on one of his most recent albums, thanks for coming in good to have you here. >> yes. >> sorry about the circumstances. you had the opportunity to work with him on one of his final releases as it turns out. tell me what it was like working with chuck. >> working with chuck it was really intense b
name vincent gray or former mayoral candidate suleiman brown but the documents do allege that donations were transferred from candidate a to candidate b and that gore destroyed a record of those illegal payments. the charges do seem to support those allegations that suleiman brown made after he was fired from his job as an accountant in the gray ad m he says he was paid to bash former mayor adrian fenty during campaign debates and for a city council that has grown weary of scandals, some members are ready for the feds to finally wrap up the year-long investigation, whatever the outcome. >> i'm just really hopeful that the u.s. attorney is getting to the end of these investigations. certainly the people of the district of columbia deserve to know what happened and if there are laws bleaken, people have to be held accountable. >> the obstruction of justice for the alleged destruction of a notebook that contained campaign payment records just after suleiman brown went to the media, that is most serious charge. it could carry a sentence of up to 20 years in prison. mayor gray and suleiman b
say some chunking of the debris the size of cell phones. nobody was hurt. >>> chuck brown, godfather of go-go, being celebrated today at the howard theater. thousands of people stood in lines that stretched for blocks to say farewell to the d.c. pioneer. >> good evening. t street northwest in front of the howard theater you can see filled with people. the interesting thing is, people come to this viewing. they wait in line. they go inside for a few minutes to pay their respects and then they come out and they don't want to leave. they want to be part of the street party. a sendoff for singer chuck brown. ♪ >> reporter: chuck brown was a force whenever he performed despite his success, he remained grounded and will always be remembered as the d.c. native son. >> he loved washington. he represented this city to the fullest. the city loved him back as you can see. >> reporter: fans waited in a long line that stretch three blocks at one point to get into the howard athleter to pay their last respects. >> what do you think he would be thinking? >> he would want to be playing. >> if he d
of this accident. >> we're remembering chuck brown, the legend. thousands lined up for the viewing of the man called the bond -- godfather of go-go. >> after walking around here and the atmosphere is one of a big block party or festival. they started lining up here at 6:00 a.m. this morning and for the most part, there has been a steady stream of people into the howard theatre all day. for a last look at to chuck brown, who died may 16 at age 75. the chuck brown the d.c. knew and loved laid in state. one man brought his oxygen. >> i was born and raised on him. >> i named one of my sons to brown in 1986. aiello said camacho brown is my baby's name. -- i always said chuck brown is my baby's name. >> they came with t-shirts and buttons. his children came out and mingle. >> we love the city. he is the city. he is like our eldest -- elvis. >> he gave so much love sunday as receiving a back. it is humbling but not surprising. >> the way was too much for some. one woman hecollapsed and had to be taken away by ambulance. he was dressed in death as he did in life. one man said he looked regal. >> he i
things rolling on this may 29. good morning, washington. i am steve chenevey. >> i am pamela brown. we begin with traffic and weather. lisa baden standing by but we start with meteorologist adam caskey. temperatures will keep climbing. >> we are starting the day in the '70s, on our way to nearly 90 this afternoon with humidity. you will feel that first thing today when. you step when it will get run out in the thundershowers later on today. expect downpours and localized heavy rain. not everybody will see the downpours, but we will have chareas of heavy showers. it is 73 degrees right now in arlington, 72 in suitland and leesburg, 69 in hamilton, virginia 71 in waldorf, 69 in culpeper. widespread showers and thunderstorms later on today with localized downpours. some of the first few storms could started around lunchtime west of interstate 81. how does it look so far in the commute? >> we will talk to lisa in a moment. in northern italy there was a 5.8 magnitude quake that shook the region. italian media reports at least eight people died. some survivors are still buried in the rubble.
, they are discovering who they are, what they want to do, i had already known that. >> suarez: and jeffrey brown interviews a filmmaker who chronicled one wounded marine's journey from the frontlines in afghanistan to civilian life in north carolina. >> i actually brought in a lot of my own personal experiences of going to war and coming home from it and what i realized was that the fighting doesn't end when these men come back, it just continues in a different way. >> woodruff: that's all ahead on tonight's "newshour." major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: >> this is the at&t network-- a living, breathing intelligence bringing people together to bring new ideas to life. >> look, it's so simple. >> in a year, the bright minds from inside and outside the company come together to work on an idea. adding to it from the road, improving it in the cloud, all in real time. >> good idea. >> it's the at&t network. providing new ways to work together, so business works better. and by the alfred p. sloan foundation. supporting science, technology, and improved economic performance and fi
dcs howard theatre where today the public viewing for music legend chuck brown will be held. >> throughout the day, thousands of fans are expected to come out and honor the god father of go go. melanie alnwick is live with details. >> good morning tony. street closures around the area are going to begin in two and a half hours once rush hour subsides, 9:30 a.m. we will start to see more and more of the streets here around the howard starting to get locked off and we will begin -- blocked off and we will he bin to see more fans -- begin to see more fans arrive. the family will arrive at 9:00 a.m. and going in a side door toward the back. around 10:00 a.m. members of chuck brown's band will also arrive. the casket carrying chuck brown and the hearse carrying that casket arrived 6:00 a.m. this morning. it was in a cream white hearse they came around to the side door. i was thinking about sort of like that is where chuck brown would have come when he was performing they are coming in through the side door. so sort of not exactly though the entrance that most people here would ha
brown. >>> and it was a fitting send off for the god father of go go. part gospel service and part go go concert. >> a whose who of politician -- a who's who of politicians for the three-hour plus funeral at the washington convention center. >> and today, the celebration had so much rhythm and beat. look at that. even the mayor is dancing, well, sort of. bruce johnson was inside the service. he joins us with the rest of the story. >> the nation's capitol have never seen this kind of memorial service. ♪ trouble don't last >> you know what, d.c.. >> chuck was so down to earth. he was just seen through and through. >> there are so many stories i have heard that their lives have been turned around with just three minutes of his time. he's just an incredible man. ♪ [ music ] >> it was a combination of gospel revival, happy hours. and go go concerts. it seems to have never end. show your problems. >> this is amazing. this brought the city together. people are just loving it. people are smiling. people are happy. >> we kept him going for soing long. he really loves the people. he loves d.c.
their respects to chuck brown. >> the godfather of go-go died earlier this month after being hospitalized for several weeks. he was 75. 9news now reporter delia goncalves is live at the site of today's viewing, the howard theatre. good morning, delia. are we seeing anything happening getting ready for what's going to happen in just a few hours? >> reporter: we're certainly still a few hours away but lots of work is being done. take a look we can see that some barriers, some guards have already been put up for the 30,000 people who are expected to come. we're told those folks are supposed to line down c street here and wrap around 7th street. so you can see there are guards already in place for the folks to line up. we have some tents setting up, some folks setting up tents at this point and foods trucks. certainly lots of activity to get ready for what is expected to be a very big day here in washington, d.c. as i said, more than 30,000 fans expected to file into the howard theatre to say goodbye. chuck brown was d.c. in a farewell ceremony scheduled for stand and thursday -- for today an
center with the opportunity to say good-bye to chuck brown better known as the godfather of go-go. ♪ ♪ >> this afternoon's home going service for chuck brown was a chance for fans to mourn and celebrate. it was the celebration, though, of the music and the spirit that he shared with the world. derrick ward at convention center now with more. >> reporter: well, indeed, jim. you know, on the official documents this was called the funeral. the first actually ever here at the convention center. but if you were inside it was a totally different mood. you called it right. you said home going service. it was more about celebrating chuck brown's life than it was about dwelling on the circumstances of his passing. ♪ ♪ >> the mood for the afternoon a round of go-go and some of the personal fafts of chuck brown. >> chuck was always about d.c. >> reporter: in a few minutes it was gospel go-go again. ♪ >> reporter: it was truly a home going service with brown in death as in life still front and center. physically, and in the hearts of other go-go pioneers. >> it's hours, our own t
>> brown: a chinese activist left the u.s. embassy in beijing today, but there are conflicting accounts on why and what will happen to him next. good evening. i'm jeffrey brown. >> ifill: and i'm gwen ifill. on the newshour tonight, we get the latest on the blind dissident who claimed today that chinese authorities threatened to beat his wife to death. >> brown: then, we turn to the presidential race, as the campaigns ramp up in virginia, expected to be one of several key battleground states. >> ifill: hari sreenivasan reports on the balancing act for educators who try to steer clear of politics when teaching climate science. >> the science classroom is about using fundamental principles of science. it's not about talking about policy debates. it's evidence. >> brown: ray suarez examines the shifting burden of responsibility in afghanistan after president obama signed a pact heralding a new era of partnership between the two nations. >> ifill: and judy woodruff talks with gerda weissmann klein about how her horrifying years in nazi captivity inspired her to work with students o
the minute we hear he is speaking to the public. >> we turn to the celebration for chuck brown. thousands lined up for a chance to say goodbye to the godfather of go-go. city officials and celebrities told personal stories. sam ford has more. plucks somewhere between 10,012 thousand chuck brown fans packed into the convention center today to say goodbye to a legend. chad brown fans packed into the washington convention center. -- chuck brown fans packed into the washington convention center. it was like a rock concert. most were there to celebrate a life rather than born a death. they were from different walks of life but there to honor a man who created a type of music. >> he know it is here to stay, right? >> i am -- i have been listening to go since i was 16. >> he was mobbed whenever he appeared on the street. all generations of washingtonians. at the funeral wreath butyral the crowd exploded at another a figure -- marion barry. >> this may be the nation's capital, but gogo is the district's music thing to chuck brown. those who knew him more said it was about more. he said it was abo
.c. legend chuck brown. >> the "godfather of go-go" died a couple weeks ago after battling pneumonia. john gonzalez is live at the convention center with more. >> d.c. will come together one last time for chuck brown. this will be a funeral like no other. chuck brown's funeral this afternoon will include a well- planned program and a spontaneous program at times. it will go nearly four hours long at the convention center. a prayer service will include a number of speeches from the mayor to comedian mike epps and there will be music gospel music to a little bit of go-go music. his band will perform a medley of his well-known songs, his greatest hits. if tuesday's public viewing was any indication, there will be thousands and thousands of people here today. howard theatre believes about 12,000 people came to see brown's open casket earlier this week. the 75-year-old passed away about two weeks ago after complications with pneumonia. he was d.c.'s adopted son. the city will show that with a large crowd today. all 14,000 seats in the convention center will be filled this afternoon. the doors w
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